The basilica was built in 1909 at the exact site where the caboclo Plácido (caboclo is a person of mixed Indigenous Brazilian and European ancestry) found the image of Our Lady of Nazareth. It has been, since then, one of the historical patrimony of the city of Belém.
The basilica has neoclassical style: 5 naves, 36 Italian granite pillars, 53 French stained windows, 65 Italian mosaic illustrations, 15 marble statues, 9 bronze bells and 3 large bronze thematic doors
On the second Sunday of October, a lot of faithfuls visit the basilica making it very crowded because the basilica is the final destination of the largest Catholic procession: Círio de Nazaré (Nazareth Cirio).
You cannot miss this site if you are religious person or if you are an architectural and historical lover. You will be impressed by its magnificence and beauty. All guides wear a vest with the saying "Amigo do Turista" (Tourist Friend) at the entrance. In the complex you can also visit the Museu do Círio (Cirio Museum), souvenir shops and Casa de Plácido (Plácido House). Be sure to receive a blessing during your visit. Be sure to have blessing during your visit.
Be sure to buy the little ribbon of Cirio and make 3 wishes.
Wear respectful and lightweight clothing.
There are security guards inside and outside the basilica.